5 must-dos on Japan’s third-largest island
#1 Ride a ropeway
Kyushu boasts many majestic mountains across its seven prefectures. The best way to enjoy the stunning panoramic views from atop these natural wonders is by hopping on a ropeway – the Japanese version of the cable car. Some ropeways to consider include the ones on Mount Unzen in Nagasaki Prefecture (lovely snow-capped views during winter) and Mount Tsurumi in Oita Prefecture (for catching the cherry blossoms during spring).
#2 Visit an active volcano
Get up close to one of the largest and most famous active volcanoes in Japan, Mount Aso in Aso Kuju National Park in Kumamoto Prefecture. From the observatory, you’ll be able to see smoke rising out of the crater and be close enough to smell the sulphur in the air.